Mount Sinai Specialties Rank Among the Best Nationally

Eight specialties within the Mount Sinai Health System were ranked among the top 25 in the nation, according to the 2015-2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings, released in July. The specialties included seven at The Mount Sinai Hospital: Cardiology/Heart Surgery; Diabetes/Endocrinology; Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT); Gastroenterology/GI Surgery; Geriatrics; Nephrology; Neurology/Neurosurgery; and the Department of Ophthalmology at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai. Among the top 25, four specialties moved higher in the rankings between 2014 and 2015, led by Cardiology/Heart Surgery, which now stands at No. 7, up from No. 10; Gastroenterology/GI Surgery at No. 8, up from No. 9; Neurology/Neurosurgery at No. 14, up from No. 15; and Nephrology, which moved up to No. 23 from No. 47. Read more

Mount Sinai Physicians Named as 2015 “Best Doctors”

A total of 241 physicians from the Mount Sinai Health System’s seven hospital campuses and an additional 34 physicians from Mount Sinai’s affiliated hospitals were represented in New York magazine’s recently released list of “Best Doctors in New York.” The 275 physicians represented 21 percent of the overall 1,282 area doctors on the 2015 list, available online and in the June 8-14, 2015, print edition. The list covers physicians from throughout the New York metropolitan region, including Connecticut and New Jersey. Read more

A Social Media Guideline For Physicians: Should Joining Twitter Be a Professional Priority?

There are thousands of physicians, medical students and other health care professionals on Twitter, but many individuals are afraid to join Twitter because of the unknowns and potential pitfalls. Here are 5 reasons medical professionals are apprehensive about utilizing Twitter and why you should join anyway.

1. You’re nervous you’ll post something stupid.

This one is easy. Don’t post anything you don’t want the whole world to see. Twitter is a public forum and anything you post is public, searchable, and re-tweetable. Yes, you can delete a post, but it may be too late. For example, someone could have already taken a screenshot of the tweet, or have the tweet text saved in their email notifications. But this shouldn’t scare you. Before posting things on Twitter, you first have to join and see how other people use Twitter. Once you have a feel for it, go ahead and post. You can start off by posting general information, and once you are comfortable with this medium you can start conversing with others and giving opinions. And yes, always think twice before you post anything. Read more

Enhancing Quality of Care and Reducing Costs Through a New Collaboration

The Mount Sinai Health System has entered into an agreement with Empire BlueCross BlueShield that is designed to enhance quality of care and help individuals maintain healthy habits, all while reducing the cost of care. Empire is the largest health insurer in New York State.

Under the innovative agreement, which became effective January 1, 2015, Mount Sinai will manage all aspects of care for Empire’s 48,000 commercial and Medicare members who are attributed to the Health System. This includes coordinating all medical treatment, closely monitoring the patient between physician visits, and ensuring that appropriate follow-up care is received. Patients with chronic or complex conditions will receive individualized care plans tailored to their specific needs. Read more

Mount Sinai Reaches 100,000 ‘Likes’ on Facebook

The Mount Sinai Hospital has attracted more than 100,000 Facebook “likes” (subscribers), making it the first hospital in the Tri-State area and one of only seven nationwide to attain this milestone.

The Mount Sinai Health System’s social media program is focused on thought-leadership initiatives, research and clinical education, and patient and employee engagement. More than 130 programs have been launched on 40 social media channels, including Facebook, YouTube, Foursquare, and Twitter. They include a month-long diabetes education campaign, the Aspen Ideas Festival, Nurses Week, and breast cancer survivor stories.

Big Data Treasure Trove From Routine Medical Checkups

A Wall Street Journal article noted: “Researchers are analyzing pools of patient information collected from routine checkups to help doctors better diagnose their patients. This type of data is easier to mine thanks to the rise in electronic health records that contain information collected in regular doctor visits.”

“Big data generally refers to information that is too large—terabytes to petabytes or even exabytes of memory—to process with older standards of processing power. Researchers say it is important to do additional studies beyond data mining to learn more.” Read more

Health Care Teams Demand Nurses with Doctorate Degrees

A Press of Atlantic City article noted: “ When open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplaces closed earlier this year, more than 7.1 million Americans had signed up for health insurance coverage. As millions of new patients continue to gain access to insurance under the Affordable Care Act, industry leaders are facing the challenge of providing quality care while meeting the needs of an aging population and patients with more chronic health issues. One emerging solution is the concept of ‘care teams’ that more closely engage health care professionals from all disciplines.” Read more

For Better Treatment, Doctors and Patients Share the Decisions

An NPR story noted: “Many of us get confused by claims of how much the risk of a heart attack, for example, might be reduced by taking medicine for it. And doctors can get confused, too.”

“Just ask Karen Sepucha. She runs the Health Decisions Sciences Center at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital. A few years ago she surveyed primary care physicians, and asked how confident they were in their ability to talk about numbers and probabilities with patients. ‘What we found surprised us a little bit,’ Sepucha says. ‘Only about 20 percent of the physicians said they were very comfortable using numbers and explaining probabilities to patients.’” Read more